Seaspan ULC Career Development FAQ

Read what Seaspan ULC employees think about career development at the company. Employees have questions about everything from promotions and mentoring to job security.

Seaspan ULC has a career opportunities rating of 2.9.

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7 English questions out of 7

January 20, 2021

How are the career development opportunities at Seaspan ULC?

Pros

Good pay and benefit. Better work life balance.

Cons

No proper cadence for employee development, reward and recognition. Almost more managers than employees. Seaspan management is predominantly comprised of British, Americans and Australians. There is not 1 member of a visible minority in middle or senior management. The management does not look anything like Canada and Canadians.

Advice to Management

Scrub the work force and eliminate redundancy. The current set up is not sustainable. For example, there is a Director of Detail Design and there is another director of Detail Design-build. Too many duplicated and redundant portfolios with no added value.

No proper cadence for employee development, reward and recognition.

January 20, 2021

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June 22, 2021

What kind of career opportunities exist at Seaspan ULC?

Pros

Good experience, interesting work, good pay

Cons

Large corporate company, little opportunity for change of procedures or flexibility

Large corporate company, little opportunity for change of procedures or flexibility

June 22, 2021

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March 5, 2021

Does Seaspan ULC have any mentoring programs?

Pros

Friendly work environment and exposure to the shipbuilding industry.

Cons

interns do not have a defined work plan when they start their internship

interns do not have a defined work plan when they start their internship

March 5, 2021

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March 15, 2020

How are promotions handled at Seaspan ULC?

Pros

A program is used for promotion

Cons

Inconsistent company policies. People are affected with decision made for unreasonable gross cutting

Advice to Management

Think of the people and improve the people. Not just the higher ups but also the guys in the bottom of the totem pole

A program is used for promotion

March 15, 2020

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January 29, 2020

How do employees feel about their professional development opportunities at Seaspan ULC?

Pros

-Good pay, good benefits -Access to certifications/designations

Cons

Before I began working as a Safety Advisor, I received a 4-day Confined Space Rescue course and a 2-day NFPA Shipyard Competent Person course. This, along with an advanced first aid ticket, is enough to qualify you to oversee the safety of over 150 trade workers on any given vessel. You need to be familiar with every trade environment, which is only developed during heat-of-the-moment exposure We are thrown onto the floor without any formal training on how general docking dangers, face mask requirements, fire evacuations, rigging/crane dangers work. They pair you up with a more "experienced" coworker (experience can range from 6 months to 10 years) and they are expected to teach you everything about the job. It is an incredibly diverse role to occupy, and the training should not be conducted casually by other coworkers. Trade workers depend on us to watch out for them, and they deserve better than the sluggish attempt at oversight that our department provides them. In Victoria, the department has a boy's club mentality. Any attempt at going against the grain to try to improve conditions will likely be met with a campaign aimed at reducing your hours and/or an attempt to have you removed.

Advice to Management

This isn't a hard problem to solve, please just get a proper training program together: -Mandate/enforce checklist training. The existing checklist is underdeveloped and no one bothers to confirm you have completed it. It isn't even used most of the time -Test new staff with a written/practical exam before turning them loose on their own -Host a training day once every 2 months to build competency/team cohesiveness. We do a ERT sessions once per year during the course with no further practice, its a disaster waiting to happen. You use discipline every time you want the department to improve, but you never implement new training or build more efficient procedure. If you don't know how to do your jobs, at least try to emulate people who do

We are thrown onto the floor without any formal training on how general docking dangers, face mask requirements, fire evacuations, rigging/crane dangers work.

January 29, 2020

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